Temperatures are on the rise, and many of the area’s wineries and breweries have summer seasonal options on the way as patio weather becomes the norm. This guide provides a look at what is available from several Hill Country craft breweries and winemakers.
Blue Lotus Winery/Texas Mead Works
The Blue Lotus Winery features a variety of wines made from native Texas grapes. Wine slushies are available on tap every weekend. Texas Mead Works features several flavors of honey mead, including a blueberry jasmine and dessert pear pomegranate.
Dry Comal Creek
The winery produced its first Texas wine in 1998 and opened its tasting room the same year. Today, it is known for its wines that are made from the winery’s Black Spanish grapevines.
1741 Herbelin Road, New Braunfels *830-885-4076
Duchman Family Winery
The Duchmans produce food-friendly fine wine from exclusively Texas-grown fruit, which is sourced mostly from the Texas High Plains American Viticulture Area.
13308 FM 150 W, Driftwood
Fall Creek Vineyards
Planted in 1975, the vineyard touts itself as the first Texas Hill Country winery and features a wide variety of globally competitive, modern wine.
18059A FM 1826, Driftwood
La Cruz De Comal Wines
The winery features Texas wines produced from estate-grown Hill Country grapes that are fermented with wild, natural yeasts.
7405 FM2722, Canyon Lake
Water 2 Wine
The custom winery provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy a glass, bottle or make their own custom batch of wine. It recently released a new wine for the summer called Watermelon Wave, and the winery sells river-friendly bags for $19.99 that hold a full bottle of wine.
185 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels
Winery on the Gruene
Stop by this winery in the Gruene Historic District and enjoy a “winearita” that is made by combining an alcohol-free agave lime margarita mix with any wine.
1308 Gruene Road, New Braunfels
5 Stones Artisian Brewery
The brewery offers 16 hand-crafted beers that are brewed in small batches. Food trucks are open on Saturdays.
11335 FM 1863, New Braunfels
Taking its name from an Old English dictionary, Acopon Brewing Co. hopes its traditional English ales and craft beers live up to the definition of being “a restorative or cordial medicine” by lifting one’s spirit and body.
211 W. Mercer St.,
Owner Carlos Russo said AquaBrew’s state-of-the-art brewery and the talents of Brewmaster David Jones create a perfect match to give customers quality craft beers.
150 S. LBJ Drive, San Marcos
Stop by 1408 Old Lehmann Road, Seguin, and try the award-winning pecan ale with honey. The establishment is family- and dog-friendly.
1408 Old Lehmann Road, Seguin
Family Business Beer Co.
Family-owned and -oriented, Family Business Beer Co. opened to the public Jan. 10. Manager Scott Chrysler said,“If you walk into a brewery and it smells good, you know it’s good.” “Duck Dynasty” star Jep Robertson also opened his food truck Southern Roots on the property. Fun fact: “Supernatural” actor Jensen Ackles and his wife, Danneel, are co-owners.
9510 Hamilton Pool Road,
Faust Brewing Co.
The honey wheat brew will return this summer to the historic downtown brewery.
499 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels
Guadalupe Brewing Co.
The brewery opened its doors in 2009 and distributes its craft beer selection exclusively in Texas. Twenty-two beer taps are on-site. An apple pie honey ale, orange chocolate stout, pina colada cream ale and a variety of experimental India pale ales and barrel-aged beers will be released throughout the summer.
103 Gattuso Road, New Braunfels
The summer selection will be available June and July and includes a dry hop saison, the Pepperhead IPA, the Berliner weisse and a new session IPA brewed with Ekuanot hops.
101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos
New Braunfels Brewing Company
Celebrating its five-year anniversary this year, New Braunfels Brewing Company will offer a barrel-fermented watermelon saison that infuses Texas watermelon fruit in a wheat beer.
180 W. Mill St., Ste. 100, New Braunfels
Root Cellar Cafe and Brewery
One of the oldest breweries in San Marcos, Root Cellar Cafe and Brewery features a week-by-week rotating beer menu. Not in the mood for beer? The cafe also offers a variety of wines and features a lunch, dinner and brunch menu.
215 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos
Tue.-Sun. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Rough Diamond Brewery
Located on 6.5 acres of land with a 1,500-square-foot on-site tap room, this brewery offers regular, seasonal and experimental lines of beer.
101 Kendalia Circle, Spring Branch
The brewery is owned and operated by three Marine Corps veterans and offers a variety of craft beers in its on-site taproom. The spring seasonal brews will be on tap until they run out and include an apricot Belgium blonde and a New England-style jackhammer IPA.
7100 S. Old Bastrop Road, New Braunfels
Seguin Brewing Co.
Known for its honey pecan and 9-pin Kolsch brews, the pub-style brewery has a German touch, with community tables. Some beer on draft are not available elsewhere.
111 W. Gonzales St., Seguin
Suds Monkey Brewing Co.
A nanobrewery in Dripping Springs, Suds Monkey Brewing Co.’s flagship beer Monkey Tail Pale Ale features a deep ruby color, medium body, a smooth, malty flavor balanced with a citrus finish.
1032 Canyon Bend Drive, Ste. B, Dripping Springs
Twisted X Brewing Company
The brewery offers small batch craft beers that include lagers, pilsners and IPAs. It continually develops new recipes with its three-barrel pilot system. The brewery’s six flagship flavors are always on tap, along with four to six rotating brews that are available exclusively in the brewery’s tasting room. Twisted X combines quality hops, grains and yeast with limestone-filtered water from the Texas Hill Country.
23455 W. Ranch Road 150, Dripping Springs
Two Wheel Brewing Co.
Being the first and only brewery in Buda, Two Wheel Brewery offers a variety of in-house brewed ales and lagers year round with new lineups introduced seasonally.
535 S. Loop 4, Buda
Wimberley Brewing Co.
Pairing well with Brewster’s pizza options, the Wimberley Brewing Co. offers a variety of American-, German- and Scottish-style beers.
9595 RR 12, Ste. 10, Wimberley